Monday, March 3, 1997
Readers pick Cincy citizens
worth cloning

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Be careful when you open your voice mail. Somebody may be on the clone phone.

Last week, I played the mad scientist. I picked 28 people who make this town great, and who are worth cloning.

At the end of the column, I asked whom you might clone, people you feel make Cincinnati special.

Here are your nominations for double dipping in the Queen City gene pool:

Erich Kunzel: ''Plain folk like me couldn't hear 'good music' without his concerts in the park.'' (Sue Sawyer, Sharonville)

Frederick Hauck: ''At 102 years old, this philanthropist is still bent on improving the quality of life in Cincinnati.'' (George Deems, Mount Adams)

WSAI-AM's Don Herman: ''His poetry readings and easy banter on the air reveal a caring and understanding man.'' (Rhea Young, Sharonville)

Becky, the barmaid: ''If there were 15 or more clones of her - she always smiles (at Grumpy's downtown) - there would be no complaints about bad service or rudeness.'' (Robert Ireton, Price Hill)

Brother Dan Nolan: St. Francis Seraph School's counselor ''has a gift. He helps children cope when they lose someone.'' (Carol Ann Morrow, Hartwell)

WKRC-TV's Cammy Dierking: ''Always perky, cheerful and down-to-earth,'' the morning news anchor makes, ''a great start to my day.'' (Dianne Boland, Williamsburg)

Allyn's Cafe's waitresses: ''Besides service with a smile, they mend broken hearts.'' (Alice Greene, Oakley)

Betty Ann Smiddy: ''Editor of the College Hill Historical Society's newsletter for over a decade, she makes history come alive.'' (Anonymous sender of antique postcards, College Hill)

WVXU-FM's general manager Jim King: ''An unusual manager and leader. WVXU and its X-Star Radio Network continue to grow and take chances when most other stations are treading water.'' (Charley Carey, Kenwood)

Dr. Kerry Crone: ''Because he's a great pediatric neurosurgeon.'' (Ruth Waltz, Covedale)

WLWT's Charlie Luken: ''He's made a wonderful transition from congressman to news anchor.'' (Kent Wilhelm, Hyde Park)


The scandal in Cincinnati's golf division - and the muted reaction from city leaders - had readers teeing off on the kickbacks, payoffs and conflicts of interest.

''(Mayor Roxanne) Qualls and (City Manager John) Shirey have treated this whole mess as just another day at the office.'' - William Shearer, Maineville.

''I am so angry at the way this has been soft-pedaled,'' seethed Mary Worthington of Mount Washington. ''These people have been manipulating the system for quite some time.''

''They were little Caesars running their little areas,'' said Sheila Benner of Anderson Township. Then she added: ''I hope it shapes up. The city has the best public courses in the USA. The price is reasonable. Every man on the street can play golf here.''

''Thomas Creasman (indicted on six counts related to the golf scandal) just might be innocent,'' noted a female caller who wished to remain nameless. ''Maybe they're being so lenient on him because he's the scapegoat for the five others who have not been indicted.''

''How come when these city workers do wrong, they get put on administrative leave with pay?'' asked Terry Garrigan, Anderson Township. ''Sounds like a paid vacation to me.''

Principal tests

A recent column advocated more personal attention and less going by the numbers (student test scores, attendance, etc.) in evaluating principals in Cincinnati Public Schools. That position drew high marks from these readers:

''I've been saying this for years,'' said Jim Garvey, principal of Fairview Elementary. ''It's nice to see it in print.''

''Discipline is declining because principals don't want to suspend kids,'' said Don't use my name 'cause I'm a teacher, of Walnut Hills. ''Too many suspensions keep them from getting a raise.''

''Evaluations like this are so discouraging,'' noted Melody Dacy, principal of Bond Hill Elementary. ''There is a lot more to our job than numbers.''

Cliff Radel's column appears in The Enquirer Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Available to speak to groups. Tips and comments most welcome. Call 768-8379 or fax at 768-8340.